Monday, 10 April 2017

Antarctica Tour with Depth

Once a year we create a superlative travel experience for our clients. These are truly once in a lifetime and highly exclusive.

To make the journey more intimate and memorable, these tours are reserved for only small groups of our most discerning clients.

To ensure that every detail is perfect, a member of our executive team will escort you.

Our next 18 day Tour with Depth departs on 25 February 2018 for Antarctica. It will be personally escorted by our general manager, +Harry Zaharopoulos , who is a veteran of travel to this amazing destination.

A taste of what you can expect...

There is nothing quite like the surreal remoteness, extreme cold or enormous ice shelves of Antarctica. Whether whale watching across the open seas, spying a penguin rookery or kayaking across the icy waters, the polar ice cap offers an experience like no other.



The journey begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the luxurious Melia Recoleta Hotel for 4 nights before flying to Ushuaia, Argentina to visit the southernmost post office in the world.

We then board the Russian icebreaker, “Akademik Loffe” for the expedition to Antarctica. This vessel is chartered for the journey and apart from its accommodation and great hospitality it is a working research vessel.



Once on board the real adventure begins with towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes and massive icebergs.



With the “Akademik Loffe” as our mother ship we will explore by Zodiac the coastline making 2 to 3 shore landings with expert guides. You have the option to camp on the ice, go sea kayaking and hiking or take in lectures from biologists who specialise in marine mammals.

Antarctica is a bucket list destination for most people and what better way to see it than on a Tour with Depth?

Inclusions
- 10 nights Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise aboard “Akademik Loffe”
- 4 nights at the luxurious, Melia Recoleta Hotel in Buenos Aires
- All meals, expedition gear and excursions onboard included
- City Tour of Buenos Aires and Parilla Tour. Plus dinner, tango lesson and show at La Ventana – plus optional touring
- All airport, hotel and port transfers included
- Welcome dinner in Buenos Aires
- Internal South America airfares flying LAN Chile
- 1 night in Ushuaia including a morning tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Return international flights with Air New Zealand

Please contact Harry to learn more about this tour.

Kind regards,
+Brad Skelton 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The excellence is back at Depth Travel


Depth Travel’s brand promise is “For Excellence in Travel”. I was one of the original founders in 1998 and honestly speaking I think the company has failed to really “live” that promise consistently for our clients in recent years and progression stalled. This is no longer the case. My executive team and I have been busy re engineering, optimising and transforming every aspect of our business and service to you to ensure it is truly excellent and world class.

Like all other Depth companies our approach is to uncompromisingly deliver our clients the best service and technology available at affordable prices. Depth Travel has an expanded service offering, a greater corporate travel focus and a range of new initiatives.

My team and I are there for you more than ever before with a true 24/7 service available by phone on our new toll free number 1DEPTH (133784) or you can reach us on LIVE chat via our new website.

If you haven’t booked with us recently I hope that you might give us another opportunity to prove to you that we do have our “excellence” back with a vengeance and demonstrate our new capabilities and strengths.

I would welcome your call and any feedback you may have for me, good or bad, that may help us in our pursuit of excellence.

+Brad Skelton
Managing Director
Depth Travel

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Discover Tasmania on a 12 Day Fully Escorted Tour


Book with Depth Travel and Discover Tasmania 
12 Day Fully Escorted Tour of Tasmania Departing Hobart

Upon arrival at historic Hobart Airport, your coach transfer will be waiting to take you to your Hobart hotel with dinner included on the first night. After breakfast the next day, join in on a hop on hop off tour of Hobart. This tour takes in all of Hobart's main attractions including Battery Point, Wrest Point, the Female Factory and the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

The next morning you will travel through the Derwent River Valley and visit Bonorong Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil. Take a step back in time as you visit Richmond, one of Australia’s most charming Georgian villages. Enjoy free time to stroll along the town’s quaint streets and admire its delightful sandstone buildings. Then travel along the Tasman Peninsula to the Port Arthur Historic Site, once the home of up to 12,500 convicts. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour amongst the buildings and ruins.

Next you will stop at Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen and continue travelling north through scenic coastal towns. Visit the village of Swansea to see the convict built Spiky Bridge. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking beauty of Freycinet National Park. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park and enjoy spectacular scenery, azure bays and white sandy beaches.

Leaving the coast traverse the scenic Weldsborough Pass and drive through the lush Myrtle rainforest. See Legerwood’s WW1 memorial tree carvings, and the townsite of Scottsdale. Visit Beaconsfield, a town full of history and interesting old buildings. Then your included tour of Platypus World will give you a chance to see a Platypus up close.



Your journey starts this morning with a visit to historic Woolmers Estate, regarded as Australia’s most significant colonial property with a collection of buildings, photographs, art and furniture. Next visit the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company and sample their delicious range of locally made sauces, jams and conserves. Return to Launceston and visit the famous Cataract Gorge Reserve. Explore its wonderful scenery through the network of walking trails.

The next day, learn about the art of cheese making and taste some delicious produce at the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory. Then on to the House of Anvers, for a guided tour of the chocolate factory. Travel to the town of Sheffield, renowned for its street murals which depict its pioneering history, geography, wildlife and the people of this region. Visit the far north-west reaches of Tasmania and see ‘The Nut’ – a striking rocky outcrop rising over 137 metres. Afterwards arrive into the stunning alpine scenery of Cradle Mountain National Park. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay in Cradle Mountain. After breakfast the next morning, join your Local Guide for a visit to Dove Lake to see spectacular Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim Chalet. This afternoon travel south through the mining and hydroelectric towns of Rosebery and Tullah. Visit the Westcoast heritage centre before arriving in the village of Strahan, located on Macquarie Harbour, your home for the next two nights.

Board a cruise and enjoy the view as you cruise breathtaking Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate, where the harbour meets the ocean. Travel along the serene Gordon River and visit Heritage Landing for a guided walk through the rainforest amongst trees thousands of years old. Re-join your cruise vessel for a sumptuous buffet lunch. Following lunch your journey continues with a visit to Sarah Island, where your expert guide will regale you with stories of the convicts’ lives on the island as you walk through the settlement ruins. You’re Invited: This evening is your included performance of ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a play which highlights the history and classic characters of the convict era in Western Tasmania.

Next up is the opportunity to ascend into the lunar landscape of the old copper mining centre of Queenstown and discover its history. Travel to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake and admire the stunning wilderness scenery. Continue on to Mt Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s oldest and most popular National Parks and explore this area as you take a short stroll through lush rainforest to stunning Russell Falls. Next visit historic New Norfolk where you will see St Matthews, Tasmania’s oldest church before arriving back in Hobart. This evening enjoy your farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

This morning stroll through Salamanca Place and explore the colourful stalls of bustling Salamanca Markets, one of the Nation’s most popular local food, art and craft marketplaces. Your tour then concludes after breakfast on the 12th day with a transfer to Hobart airport and a return flight home to your chosen capital city.





Prices

Departing Brisbane: Twin share - $5059 | Solo traveller $6259

Departing Sydney: Twin share - $4979 | Solo traveller - $6179

Departing Melbourne: Twin share - $4849 | Solo traveller - $5059


Included in the Price

◈Return airfares from Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney or Melbourne to Hobart flying Virgin Australia
◈11 nights accommodation throughout Tasmania
◈19 quality meals included throughout the 12 days
◈Hop on hop off bus tour in Hobart
◈Gordon River cruise
◈Guided tour of the historic Port Arthur site
◈Overnight stay in World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain
◈Explore Salamanca markets
◈Marvel at Cataract Gorge in Launceston
◈Visit the historic village of Richmond
◈Visit Sheffield and its unique murals
◈Local guides when sightseeing
◈Tour Host

Contact Depth Travel to book or to find out more information

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lifestyle on Water Festival #Lowfest2017



Lifestyle on Water Festival

Depth Travel is excited to be partnering with Lifestyle on Water Festival for a promising weekend of entertainment on the bay, April 28-30.

Lifestyle on Water Festival will showcase the best of the bay and the boating lifestyle. From kid’s activities to cooking demonstrations, national jet ski racing titles, on-water product demonstrations, celebrity guest appearances including Paul Burt, Sally Jenyns and MKR contestants, and the headlining act for the weekend - +Guy Sebastian  , they’ve got something for everyone.

Be sure to drop by Depth Travel, located stage side, and say hello to put yourself in the draw to win thousands of dollars worth of travel vouchers and return flights to New Zealand! Winners can choose their destination of Queenstown, Auckland or Christchurch.


With a wealth of industry experience, Depth Travel are the trusted specialists for corporate and leisure travel. While we can’t promise you a seat on the winning Wild Oats XI in the Sydney to Hobart race, we do promise a personal, prompt and professional service to get you there (...and back). No matter how or where you like to travel, Depth Travel has you covered.

Don’t forget to join us, stage side under the blue Depth Travel tent, to find out where we can take you. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call at anytime of any day. We are available 24/7 via our toll free number 1DEPTH to better help you. We look forward to meeting you at #Lowfest2017.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Las Vegas with Alan Anderson


Allan Anderson, a long time client of Depth Travel, was lucky enough to spend 3 nights in Las Vegas, observing the spectacle of the strip and ticking off must-do items like the Grand Canyon.  He shared his experiences as well as a few tips and tricks to navigating this city of lights.


Las Vegas

My wife and I visited Las Vegas for 3 nights in late 2016. The Vegas visit was arranged by Depth Travel and followed a cruise that ended in Montreal, Canada, so we were keen for a relaxing break. After collecting our luggage we decided to catch a cab to our hotel rather than the cheaper option of a shuttle. Although the taxi queues were long they are efficiently managed and cleared in about 15 minutes.

Having never been to Las Vegas we were completely in the hands of the Depth Travel staff. Their recommendations were spot on. We had a spacious “Strip View” room at the wonderful Bellagio Hotel overlooking their famous fountains which erupt for 5 minutes every half hour from 3pm to 8pm every day. The Bellagio is right in the middle of the strip opposite Planet Hollywood and the “Magic Mile of Shops” and next door to the famous Caesars Palace Hotel. The Bellagio is huge and cost $US1.2b to build.

We had dinner that evening outdoors in a Mexican-themed bar/restaurant outside Planet Hollywood with views looking directly down the strip. It was 'people watching' excellence and as the sun set the people seemed to get crazier. Just below us, we watched two men in Army trousers but no shirts and amazing 'six packs' offering to have their photo taken with women whom they raised above their heads while sporting the US flag. We were not sure how much they received for each photo opportunity but they never stopped for the two hours we watched them.

The next day we went to the Grand Canyon with Grayline. We were originally booked on a bus but were offered seats in a twelve seater Mercedes “Sprinter” for an extra $US200.00 (plus taxes of course). We jumped at the opportunity to spend more time at the Grand Canyon while getting back to the hotel several hours earlier than the bus. The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking must see and the Skywalk is sensational even for those who hate heights (it's only 4,500 feet straight down!). Guano Point probably has the best views of the Colorado River so don’t miss that one either.

On the last day, we walked along the strip and went up in the (faux) Eiffel Tower which has amazing views, watched the gondolas in the amazing Venetian Hotel and had a drink in the incredibly atmospheric Margaritaville Bar at the Flamingo Hotel. We also shopped at the Magic Mile of Shops before reluctantly leaving the Bellagio.

Safe to say, Las Vegas truly was a memorable experience -  a must do for anyone.


Alan Anderson

Friday, 3 March 2017

Khmer Kingdom


Depth Travel was thrilled to welcome home Jessica (16) and her family as they returned from their most recent trip to Cambodia. No stranger to South-east Asia, Jessica, shares her thoughts and experiences on her latest trip to the Khmer Kingdom.


                                   ជំរាបសួរ (Hello) 
Having previously travelled to Thailand, Vietnam and many other Asian countries, my mum, brother and I were extremely excited for our trip to Cambodia. We have always been intrigued by the diverse cultures and traditions practiced throughout Asia and wanted to further explore a country less travelled by foreign tourists.

We began our 10 day journey in The Kingdom of Cambodia touching down in Siem Reap. We orientated ourselves in the city by foot stopping for a drink at the luxurious Hotel D’angkor, navigating the bustling old market and going on a night-time street food tour where we tried a range of Cambodian food from fried banana to crickets and tarantulas!

The last two days in Siem Reap were spent on an organised tour with our local guide, Jet. We took a short tour of Artisans D’angkor, a traditional Khmer workshop aimed at creating jobs for young Cambodians who live in rural areas and want to practice their traditional crafts, dined on my favourite Khmer Fish Amok (fish curries) for lunch and even travelled to the floating village of Chong Kneas and were amazed by the houses, suspended high off the ground by hundreds of bamboo poles. To better see the village, we boarded a boat which took us out past the house-lined river to the opening of the Ton le Sap – the biggest freshwater lake in Asia.

We spent most of the second day at Angkor Wat National Park. Beng Mealea, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm were just some some of the amazing temples we visited, and of course, Angkor Wat Temple. Quick tip? Catch the amazing sunrise over the temple, by waking at 4:30am and joining the masses driving out to the National Park. It was extremely beautiful and without a doubt one of the highlights of the trip.

Next stop: Battambang; the second largest city in Cambodia, renowned for its historical architecture. Although we only spent one night here, we could’ve easily spent a lot longer. One of the main attractions of this town is the Bamboo Train which, in truth, is a small bamboo platform with a motor that runs on a single track. The ‘train’ is quickly disassembled and pulled off the track when faced with an oncoming train. It was great fun hurtling down the rickety track! We also spent half a day on a bicycle tour exploring village life outside the city.

An impromptu turn of events in Battambang saw us spending one afternoon in the Bat Caves! Every afternoon upon sunset, millions of small bats fly out of the cave to find food during the night. The bats steadily steam out of the cave pouring into the open air, which was absolutely fascinating to witness.

Our next destination was the country’s capital, Phnom Penh (pronounced ‘P’nom Pen’). We had planned to stay in Phnom Penh over New Year’s Eve to experience the city’s festivities. This turned out to be a fantastic decision - we stayed at the historic Foreign Correspondents Club which was right on the riverfront, meaning we had great views of the parade and fireworks on the street below.

We left the next morning for the beachside towns Kep and Kampot. Stopping briefly in Kampot, we visited a Pepper farm before making our way to Kep where we stayed at Verandah Natural Resort. If you are visiting Kep, I would highly recommend this resort as it has an amazing design and a great restaurant and pool.

Another must do? Seeing the sights in the back of a Tuk Tuk! We spent half a day being whizzed around the Kep in the back of a tuk tuk (a flimsy car and motorcycle hybrid) -going past the famous crab markets and then to an astonishing cave temple hidden in the mountains followed by Kep Beach, abandoned French villas and finally the Kep Sailing Club for lunch. The sailing club is in a perfect location on the waterfront and we had one of the best meals we had while in Cambodia. Local crab with Kampot pepper is a must here!

Naturally, we didn’t miss the highlights of Phnom Penh. These included the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum of Cambodia, and the very sobering Choeung Ek Killing Fields and S21 Prison. We couldn’t help but be moved by the very tragic and disturbingly recent history, as well as the unimaginable suffering of the country that ensued.

Cambodia is still a developing country and has many of years of conflict to recover from. But everywhere we went we were greeted with a warm and friendly smile. Cambodia is definitely on my list to visit again as there’s so much more to explore yet!




Written by Jessica Jenkinson
Client for Depth Travel








Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Easter Island from our guest blogger and client Alan Anderson

Alan Anderson
Hi Harry,

Just to let you know that we were able to go ashore by tender in somewhat rough conditions yesterday for a wonderful tour of Easter Island. Our tour guide Nikolas Hotu was excellent - he spoke English well and knew his history and the legends of the Island etc. so many thanks for arranging the tour. Below is a draft blog you may wish to use:

Easter Island
My wife and I are cruising across the Pacific to South America from Sydney via Auckland, Tonga, American Samoa, Tahiti, Pitcairn Island and finally the mysterious Easter Island on board the Sea Princess. The ships tours of Easter Island were all booked out so Harry Zaharopoulos from Depth Travel arranged an independent tour.

This was all well and good until the ships rumour mill cranked up about whether we would even be able to get off the ship. One woman claimed that this was her fifth attempt at landing on Easter Island - all the others were cancelled due to rough weather. So anticipation and apprehension were high among the passengers and there was much cheering when the captain finally announced we were going ashore even in spite of 1.5 metre swells.

The tender vessel took us into the small dock at the main (only) village of Hanga Roa. After paying the $80US Rapa Nui National Park entrance fee (each) we met our guide Nicholas Hotu and set off for our adventure with 4 others. All visitors have to pay this fee and I calculated that the Island collected a cool $120k for the day.

The tour commenced with a view of the Rano Kau volcanic crater and a walk around the ancient Orongo Village set atop high cliffs. The village comprises several houses made from slabs of stone all looking out to sea (waiting for the first arrival of the sooty terns). The village was only used once a year for about 3 days by competitors in the bird man
"challenge" where young warriors had to scramble down the high cliffs, swim 2 miles out to an island, collect a birds egg, swim back through shark infested water, climb the cliff and present the birds egg intact to the chief. Rumour has it that the warriors prize was a virgin! Apparently this competition was stopped in late 1880s after too many warriors were lost to sharks or fell off the cliffs.

The rest of the tour involved visiting moai sites all over the island. The weather was hot, humid and mainly bright and sunny so the views were uninterrupted with spectacular coastal vistas. The main moai site is the quarry at Rano Raraku where the hillside is dotted with the famously huge statues, with several still in a state of being carved when the practice stopped abruptly for reasons unknown but it is speculated that there was a civil war and the carvers lost!


The other sites where the statues were placed near the sea are all fascinating, picturesque and mysterious - how did they move these massive statues so far and what do they mean anyway? Conjecture is part of the fascination of Easter Island.

What lessons did we take from this tour:

1. Put Easter Island on your must do bucket list as it far exceeded our expectations - the seascapes are amazing with the sandy beach at Anakena outstanding
2. If you only have one shot at getting there then consider flying from Santiago - ship is too risky
3. Definitely get a tour with a guide as the locals add so much more value
4. There are a couple of high end expensive resorts and there's lots to see and do in a few days.
5. Do some research beforehand- I read "The Island of Giants" which is about Thor Heyerdahl's archeological experiences on the island.

Cheers
Alan